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Akiko Tsuruga Trio
Hailing from Osaka, Japan, the Hammond organist and pianist, Akiko Tsuruga has been a mainstay in the New York jazz scene since 2001. This talented young organist began playing the organ at the age of three and launched her career in jazz immediately after graduating from the Osaka College of Music. While living in Osaka, she had the opportunity to play with numerous world-renowned jazz musicians from the United States, such as Roy Hargrove, Jeff "Tain" Watts, and Grady Tate, to name just a few. Grady Tate, in particular, had the strongest influence on her decision to become a professional musician. She considers him to be one of her mentors, and perhaps the musician she admires the most. Grady performed on her Japanese debut album and also convinced her to move to the United States.
After landing in the mecca of jazz, New York city, it didn't take long for Akiko to make her mark. She was embraced by her fellow musicians and recognized as one of the top organ players in the city. A regular and crowd favorite at Dizzy's club Coca Cola in Jazz at Lincoln Center, Akiko has headlined many well-known jazz venues, such as Blue Note, Birdland and Smoke. She also enjoys performing as a side musician for other jazz artists. Grady Tate's vocal group and the Lou Donaldson Quartet are just two of the many artists she frequently performs with.
Her debut CD, "Harlem Dreams" featuring Grady Tate and Frank Wess was released in Japan by M & I Company in May of 2004. The CD received rave reviews and sold extremely well and this ultimately led to a Japan "indexcoming" tour featuring Grady Tate and Satoshi Inoue in the Summer of 2004.
She returned to tour Japan in September of the following year with Eric Johnson and Fukushi Tainaka. The tour was another smashing success and it also resulted in an endorsement deal with Hammond Suzuki. Akiko had become an official Hammond XK- 3 endorser. She also had an opportunity to write a jazz organ instructional book, which was published by Berklee Press, titled "Hammond Organ Complete,". The book was translated from English to Japanese and published in Japan as well.
Her second CD, titled "Sweet and Funky" was released in Japan only on November 2006. In the same year, she made an appearance in the Japanese movie, "Last Love," playing the role of a jazz pianist. In March 2007, "Sweet and Funky" was released in North America through 18th & Vine Records. The CD reached a high of #13 on the jazz radio charts. Downbeat magazine awarded the CD four stars and placed it on their "Best CDs of 2007" list. The Downbeat Critics Poll also gave her high marks for talent and voted her into the 10th spot in the Rising Star Organist ranking. In October of 2007, she released her 3rd CD, "St. Louis Blues" featuring Bernard Purdie and Houston Person. More noteworthy, she performed extensively as a member of the Lou Donaldson Quartet and toured throughout the United States. Appearances at Birdland, the Village Vanguard and Carnegie Hall were just one of many highlights she experienced that year. She concluded her outstanding year by capturing the New Star Award presented by Swing Journal Magazine.
In 2008, she released her 4th CD called "N.Y.C. Serenade" through Mojo Records and featured Jimmy Cobb on drums. This was immediately followed by a three week promotional tour in Japan with her regular trio. Her highly anticipated second North America issued CD, "Oriental Express"(featuring Eric Johnson, Rudy Petschauer and Jerry Weldon) from 18th & Vine Records was released in the summer of 2009 and earned a #15 spot on jazz radio chart.
Akiko recently returned to Japan to performed at the Tokyo Jazz Festival with Lou Donaldson. The performance was featured on a special TV program and was aired nationwide in Japanwww.akikojazz.com
Born in Oita, Japan. Ms. Ai Murakami attracted to Taiko (Japanese drum) at the age of 4 by attending local summer festival. Since then she started playing Taiko drums and attended festival every year. She started playing drum sets when she was a high school student. She started her professional career while she was in Waseda University. She moved to NY in 1998. She quickly met like-minded musicians and she has been dedicated to pursue her musical achievement. She studied privately with Leroy Williams, Billy Kaye, Mark Taylor, Tim Pleasant. Since she moved to NY, she has worked at many jazz nightclubs including, Smalls, Fat Cat, Swing46 etc. She also leads her own band at various venues. She has been lucky to perform with many notable musicians, such as legendary pianist Gil Coggins, Kent Glenn, Danny Hayes, Marion Cowings, Myrna Lake, Ruth Blisbane, Zaid Nasser, Dwayne Clemmons, Sacha Perry ,Ari Roland among others.
Bassist Ari Roland grew up inside the New York underground bop scene, where the hard core players travel, and where the music is always at its most challenging. Known as a singular standout by his teenage years, Ari quickly found himself accompanying the greatest of the inner circle, such as saxophonist "C" Sharpe, and pianist Frank Hewitt. Ari could be found regularly playing in the company of Jimmy Robinson, Lou Donaldson, Junior Cook, and Vernel Fournier, who passed on the esoteric knowledge that only the masters know, the stuff you'll never learn in the university. Lessons with the late Homer Mensch led through a stint at Juilliard, whereafter it seems as though he was being called up by everyone in the business. Ari cites the passionate, raw, gut-string sound of the great interpretive violinists Eugene Ysaye, Fritz Kreisler, and George Enescu as important influences. Within jazz, he cites Jimmy Blanton, Oscar Pettiford, Israel Crosby, and Ray Brown as influencing him on his instrument, along with Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Art Tatum, Bud Powell, and Dizzy Gillespie. The great artist, whether painter, actor, or musician, is able to elevate the commonplace into something larger-than-life. The brush stroke of van Gogh makes an entire canvas resonate through the centuries. An uncomprimising artist, Roland, makes the commonplace of walking bass into modern art. His compositions are adventurous excursions with nth-dimensional twists and turns and no guard rail.
Identical twins Peter and William Anderson started playing clarinet on the same day in elementary school, and within a year, both added the saxophone to their studies. One evening that year, after hearing a live big-band jazz concert, they ran into their kitchen and yelled, "Mom, we know what we want to do for the rest of our lives!" Inevitably, they immediately fell in love with great jazz musicians including Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Sidney Bechet, and at only 13 years of age, Peter and William toured the United Kingdom with the Capitol Focus Jazz Band, performing classic jazz of Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong.
Since then, after receiving their Bachelor's & Master's degrees from The Juilliard School, Peter and William have performed together at top venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, Birdland, the Village Vanguard, the David Koch Theater, London's 100 Club, the Montreal Jazz Festival, and in Scotland, Japan, and Costa Rica. Leading their own quintet, they have performed at such venues as NYC's Dizzy's Coca-Cola Club, Smalls Jazz Club, The Iridium, DC's Blues Alley as well as internationally. Will and Peter often play with the The Village Vanguard Orchestra, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and Vince Giordano's Nighthawks. In 2011, the Anderson Twins were guest speakers and performers at the Jacob Burns Film Center, were the featured reedmen in the Buckhill-Skytop Music Festival's Production of "Carmen," and led performances at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Atrium, and at Jack Kleinsinger's legendary Highlights in Jazz Series. Most recently, the Andersons debuted their own "Anderson Twins Big Band" at Manhattan's Symphony Space. Peter and William currently perform at the 59e59 Theater's E:BAR every Thursday night from 10pm until 12am.
In May 2010, Peter & William co-produced and directed a two-week long off-Broadway musical tribute to clarinetist Artie Shaw's Centennial at Manhattan's famous 59e59 theaters. The successful run received several rave reviews: The New York Times called the Andersons "virtuosos on both clarinet and saxophone," and Blogspot.com proclaimed, "You will not hear anything better musically on a New York stage this month." Jazz clarinet great Sol Yaged and trumpeter Joe Wilder performed with the band. Jazz inside magazine describes a show of Anderson Twins as "exhilarating... the audience response reflected that energy." Since then, the "Anderson Twins Sextet" has given feature performances at Stonybrook University's annual clarinet seminar "Clarinetopia," the annual Buffet/Vandoren "Clarinet Fest" at Michigan State University.
Born in 1985, Champian grew up in Norman Oklahoma with her parents, Stephen and Susan. Influenced at an early age by her father Stephen, a world renowned Jazz trumpeter, Champian fell in love with Jazz. Surrounded by her father's musician friends, which included Clark Terry and Major Holley, Champian learned the language of the music firsthand. She began to study piano with her grandmother at age 5. As singing became more and more important, Champian began to play Jazz piano to accompany herself at index.
Champian's family moved to LeMars Iowa in 1994; where Stephen Fulton became the director of the Clark Terry Institute for Jazz Studies. It was here that Champian formed her first band. The members of the "Little Jazz Quintet" were all under the age of 10, except for the trumpeter - the elder of the group - who was 12 years old. The "Little Jazz Quintet" performed at many events in LeMars, including Clark Terry's 75th Birthday party.
After a short move to New York, Champian and her family returned to Norman Oklahoma in 1998. Champian's full attention turned to Jazz at this time, and by 1999 Champian was performing with her new band all around the region. 1999 included appearances at the Kemah Boardwalk Jazz Festival, the Corpus Christi Jazz Festival, and the Jazz in June Festival held in Norman Oklahoma.
2001 marked the beginning of Champian's stint at Maker's Cigar & Piano Bar in OKC. Maker's, and its owner Clinton Greehaw, were supportive of Champian while she grew musically as a professional performer. Makers made a wonderful musical index for Champian during these formative years. The Champian Fulton Trio would continue to perform at Maker's nearly every weekend through 2003, when Champian graduated from Norman North High School as valedictorian and made her move to NYC to attend SUNY Purchase Music Conservatory.
In New York City since 2003, Champian has been able to become a part of the Jazz scene. Besides leading her own gigs Champian has been able to play with some world-class musicians such as Louis Hayes, Jimmy Cobb, Frank Wess, and Lou Donaldson. She has been a mainstay at Birdland, the Jazz Corner of the World, and you can catch her at a number of other venues in Manhattan.
A perpetual student of Jazz piano and Jazz singing, Champian mentions Erroll Garner, Bud Powell, Sonny Clark, Count Basie, Dinah Washington, and Sarah Vaughn as some of her main influences.
Champian was named as a finalist in the Kathleen B. Turner Jazz Piano Competition at the University of West Florida in spring 2006. That same year she graduated with honors from SUNY Purchase. Champian's debut album "Champian" was released in 2007 and the new trio CD, "The Breeze and I" was released in March 2010. She lives in New York City and continues to play the music she loves with her current trio including Neal Miner (bass) and Fukushi Tainaka (drums). You can find Champian at www.champian.net
Daniela, pianist vocalist and composer, was born in Messina, Italy and started early her musical career in Sicily. In 1999 she moved to United States of America as recipient of a scholarship at the Berklee College of Music, where she studied with Joe Lovano, Hal Crook, Phil Wilson, and Joanne Brackeen. Here she performs with Patti Austin, Tiger Okoshi, Terri Lyne Carrington, Regina Carter, Christian McBride, New York Voices, Ingrid Jensen and Phil Wilson Rainbow Band.
Daniela has won many awards, such as the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition The Sister in Jazz Competition, the Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Competition, the ‘Tindari ‘93 Prize’ for best jazz duo with her brother Davide. Also she appeared in the Jazziz 2001 magazine collector's CD and she has been featured among the top jazz musicians in NYC in the Japanese Playboy Magazine. Daniela has performed in prestigious Festivals such as the Cape Cod Jazz Festival, the Cape May Jazz Festival, the Cleveland Jazz Fest, the International Trumpet Guilt Conference, the Java Jazz Festival, Lugano Estival Jazz, the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, the Ravinia Jazz Festival with the Count Basie Big Band and the Sarasota Jazz Festival. She has performed in prestigious venues such as Symphony Hall in Boston with the Boston Pops and Patti Austin and the Hollywood Bowl in LA with Shirley Horn.
She has played under the direction of Quincy Jones, Patrick Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, John Clayton Jr., Elmer Bernstein, Bob Brookmeyer and Justin DiCioccio.
Recently, Daniela Schächter was guest artist of the prestigious Marian McPartland Piano Jazz radio program and of JazzSet hosted by Dee Dee Bridgewater on WGBO 88.3 FM. She was panelist at the Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Competition and she performed with Kevin Mahogany and legend Slide Hampton.
Now she is piano and voice faculty at Berklee College of Music but she resides in New Jersey. She is leading her group and working on her new projects. Her CDs “Quintet” and “I colori del mare” and Purple Butterfly are available at www.cdbaby.com/"www.cdbaby.com and on Splasc Records. For more information, visit: www.danielaschaechter.net.
David Caldwell-Mason began playing the piano at the age of 5. He studied classical music almost exclusively until his mid teens, when he discovered jazz. From this point on, he began splitting his time between improvised music, composition, and classical music.
Upon enrolling in Simon's Rock College of Bard, he joined Larry Lewis' (of the Ohio Players) "Solid Smoke," an R&B band that worked in Albany, Schenectady, and Saratoga (NY). It was at this time that he was first exposed to the music of James Brown, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder.
After receiving his Associate of Arts degree, David was interested in continuing his education near New York, so he enrolled in the jazz program at William Paterson University. It was there that he really began to blossom as a musician, and formed what would be some of his most important musical relationships. While at William Paterson, David studied under the tutelage of Armen Donelian. More recently, he has been taking lessons from Ari Hoenig.
David has performed with Darren Barret, Mark Guilianna, Tyshawn Sorey, Juris Teppich, and Steve Turre. He has performed at Dillian's, the Greenwich Village Bistro, the Bitter End, and Galapagos in New York, the Speakeasy in Winston North Carolina, and Club Palm, Club Evans, and the Uiwang City Hall in South Korea. David is currently living in Brooklyn, where he leads a trio, and plays at Bethesda Baptist Church.
Born in Southern California, David discovered his penchant for a tune at the young age of eleven playing acoustic guitar in a youth folk group. His formal introduction to jazz came from his well respected high school jazz teacher, pianist, composer and arranger, Jack Kunz in the suburbs of Seattle. Of those initial introductions, David says "I've been very blessed being surrounded by some of the most talented people and this was true of Jack. He was tough, demanding and taught me how to swing. I did listen to all the great Motown, disco and a lot of cool 80's bands, but found that the rhythm of a swing tune, the sensitive lyrics of a ballad and the colorful harmonies found in jazz really spoke to me."
David's continued enthusiasm led him to Cornish College of the Arts where he met internationally renowned vocalist Jay Clayton and others who encouraged him to nurture his natural gifts.
A move to New York's Greenwich Village found David at the epicenter of jazz. He remembers, "It was scary but fun moving to New York. I didn't know anyone but felt quite at index at the many jazz haunts that were right outside by door. Old timers like the late Al Bundy, who played piano at Arthur's Tavern for thirty years, would always invite me up to sing. I became part of a big jazz family that made me feel as if I belonged. As a result, I've met many of New York's finest vocalists and musicians. David would regularly frequent such popular spots as the Five Oaks, The Village Gate and Smalls, Judy's and Birdland.
"I've been lucky enough to work with some incredible musicians and meet some great people like the late Laurel Watson who sang with many groups including the Basie and Ellington bands. My dear friend Laurel used to come by every week to do some tunes with my band and always offered words of encouragement, telling me to great swing feel alive. Dakota Staton is another who came to visit on several occasions and would sit in with the band and do some of her great signature tunes. Her mere presence was inspiring, she taught me a great deal." David cites such influences as: Mel Torme'. Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughn, Ernestine Anderson, Dakota Staton and Ella Fitzgerald. David says, "I wholly appreciate what each of these great pioneers can bring to a tune. Ernestine's soulfulness, Mel's agility, Chet's simplicity, Sarah's texture, Dakota's musicianship and Ella (for all the above). He has had the pleasure of working with some of the greatest musicians around including Dena DeRose, Benny Powell, Patience Higgins, Claire Daly, Christos Rafalides, Dr. Dwight Dickerson, Harry Witaker, Virginia Mayhew, Chris Bergson, Harold Ously, Cliff Barbaro, Fukushi Tainaka, Bob Cunningham, Marcus McLaurine, Ron McClure, James Zollar, Danny Mixon and Mark Marino just to name a few.
Today, David performs every Sunday at his index base, Garage Restaurant and is now booking jazz for the same room he has been performing since 1996. He is also singing with the Lou Caputo Not So Big Band as well as the Cecilia Coleman Big Band. Coss continues to refine and develop his skills as a vocalist, arranger and producer by continuing collaborations with many of today's new and venerable talent. By having a continuous gig, he has been able to not only learn, but how to grow, develop his own style and a distinctive confidence when interpreting a song.
Eve Silber Trio
Eve Silber, a jazz singer and guitarist carries out her love affair with the American Songbook in a swinging fashion with the traditional joy of the traditional jazz era. A long time resident of the West Village Eve plays regularly around town. She received much of her training in the Village, under the tutelage of guitar great Dave Van Ronk, as well as in the accompaniment of the great dames of Grove Street: Marie Blake, and Mable Godwin. The Eve Silber trio always includes a supreme array of NYC's venerable sidemen such as Michael Hashim and Stephen Riley on tenor sax, and Jonathan Riley and Andrew Burns on drums. Eve's website is www.evesilber.com
"A sultry voiced songsmith. Her Wes Montgomery stylings are smooth and adept."
- Greenwich Village Gazette
"This is seduction, cool and supple. She has such an insightful way with lyrics that she makes old stories new again."
- Dirty Linen Magazine
"She's not only very good…she's interesting! I can sit and listen happily for as long as she wants to sing and play."
- Dave Van Ronk
Gypsy Jazz Caravan
Gypsy Jazz Caravan is a New York City based acoustic ensemble that plays Hot Jazz inspired by the music of legendary French Gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt, and jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli. Gypsy Jazz Caravan's extensive repertoire includes swing standards, ballads, Bossa Novas, tangos, waltzes and a growing number of original compositions. The lineup includes: NY veteran guitarist, Marc Daine, who has recorded for RCA records and toured with the Broadway show, "Big River"; virtuoso violinist, Rob Thomas, who JazzTimes calls "a violinist of exceptional creative resources... riveting as a solo voice with a rich complex tone that can sing or shriek"; bassist, Mike Weatherly, who has performed for President Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, and Pope John Paul II and top NY Gypsy Swing rhythm guitarist, Glenn Tosto. You can find Gypsy Jazz Caravan's website at www.gypsyjazzcaravan.com
Iris Ornig Trio
Iris Ornig is a gifted instrumentalist, a talented composer and a charismatic performer. Her compositions are swinging, stormy, melodic, sensitive, playful, angular and straight-ahead with plenty of twists and surprises.
Iris is originally from Germany. She studied jazz and popular music in St. Gallen Switzerland and went from there to the well known Guildhall School in Music and Drama in London to establish her musical skills. In 2003 she moved to New York City where she is working as an arranger, composer and bandleader.
She has performed at jazz clubs and festivals all over the United States, Europe and East Africa. She can be heard regularly at NYC's top jazz clubs such as 55 Bar, Detour, Zinc Bar, Joe's Pub, Garage and Kitano. Since arriving in New York, Iris has had the pleasure to work with such jazz notables as Wycliffe Gordon, Gretchen Parlato, Dan Tepfer, Danny Grissett, Frank Kimbrough, Mike Rodriguez, Gene Jackson, Tony Jefferson, Rebecca Martin, Sachal Vasandani, Joel Frahm, Ambrose Akinmusire, Jon Irabagon, Cecilia Coleman, Allison Miller, Roberta Picket, Stacey Dillard, Klaus Mueller, Lauren Kinhan. Her website is www.irisornig.com
Jason Prover and the Sneak Thievery Orchestra
A rising star on the NYC music scene, Jason Prover already has an impressive resume at the age of 25. Raised in South Florida, Prover was introduced to music early in life by his parents. Choosing the trumpet at age 10, he was quickly enthralled by the instrument and began playing in school bands and with local musicians.
Prover received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from the University of Florida, studying under the guidance of Dr. Joyce F. Davis. At 18, Prover became a founding member of the nationally touring band, Umoja Orchestra. He played with a number of other ensembles, as well, such as his Lower 13th Street. At 22, Prover was named Charter President of U.F.'s Jazz Appreciation Student Society/Jazz Collective. He also wrote a music column for the Fine Print Newspaper.
Since moving to New York City in 2009, Prover has been in demand playing all styles of music including traditional and modern jazz, salsa, and classical. He currently performs with his Sneak Thievery Orchestra, the Hot Sardines, The Recessionals, The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, the JP4, and more. In 2011, Prover received a Masters of Music Degree in Jazz Performance from the Steinhardt School at New York University. During his time at NYU, he served as the Graduate Assistant to the Director of Jazz Studies, Dr. David Schroeder, and as an adjunct instructor. Prover is currently on faculty at the prestigious, Third Street Music School Settlement and Friend's Seminary in Manhattan.
He has appeared at such legendary venues as Rockefeller Center, Lincoln Center, The Blue Note in NYC, Webster Hall, and more. He has performed all over the world including France, The Bahamas, Costa Rica, and Canada.
The Sneak Thievery Orchestra, specializes in the hot and sweet music of the Jazz Age, folk music, and the blues, Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra have become one of New York City's most sought after ensembles. The Orchestra recently played the world famous Blue Note Jazz Club to a packed house. Much of the ensemble's repertoire is derived from the lineage of masters such as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, and Bix Beiderbecke amongst others. A musical unit that strives to connect with its audience, Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra is sure to bring high levels of energy, emotion, grace, and sophistication.
Jason's website is www.jasonprovermusic.com
Vocalist Jerry Costanzo
The Man Behind The Mic
In another time and place, Jerry Costanzo wouldn’t be interpreting the Great American Songbook. It’s likely he’d be conceiving it.
Midwest Record deemed the luminous vocalist and bandleader “a cat that knows how to swing it and grab the Vegas vibe that most of us never were old enough to experience,” while Jazz.com raved, “As all great singers do, he tells a story.”
Raised in a musical family, Costanzo’s musical stencil was etched with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Count Basie, Mel Torme, Jerry Vale and Nat King Cole. He was playing saxophone by third grade, and developed chops as a performer studying acting at New York’s Herbert Berghof Studio. A stint as personal aid and chauffeur for Al Pacino further apprised Costanzo to the arts, before he joined his father Joseph’s big band, The Memories Of Swing, first on sax and then as the outfit’s lead vocalist.
While well into his 30s before the New Yorker recognized his calling card—bringing his musical idols back to life—Costanzo is making up for lost time. Today, the man behind the mic is a full-time troubadour and bandleader, surrounded by a Who’s Who of the jazz world.
In 2008, his debut full-length album “Destination Moon,” produced by Andy Farber and accompanied by Farber & his Swing Mavens octet, served up a dozen chestnuts, including the title track, “I’m Gonna Live Till I Die,” “Come Fly with Me” and “Straighten Up and Fly Right.” Showcasing 13 masterful musicians, the project includes tenor, baritone and alto sax, trombone, trumpet, piano, bass and drums.
“Moon” earned Costanzo a dedicated live following, with gigs including the Annual Sinatra Birthday Bash at The Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J., New York’s Metropolitan Room, Feinstein’s at The Loews Regency, Kitano Jazz, Small's Jazz Club and Waldorf Astoria, the Long Island, N.Y., Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Dix Hills Performing Arts Ctr, Hofstra University’s Jon Cranford Adams Playhouse and dozens of concert series up and down the East Coast.
Costanzo’s follow-up disc, “Can’t We Be Friends”—released on Daywood Drive Records — featuring a five-piece rhythm section comprising piano, guitar, percussion, bass and vibraphone. The triptych of 10 songs, which again pays homage to musical heroes, thematically personifies Costanzo’s romantic relationships over the decades, embraced with a vibe he describes as “George Shearing meets The Nat King Cole Trio meets Milt Jackson.”
And now- Costanzo's newest release "Invitation"- Also on Daywood Drive Records, Mr. Costanzo has assembled a quartet of New York's finest musicians, including Pianist/arranger Tedd Firth, Guitarist Joe Cohn, Bassist Neal Miner and Drummer Johathan Mele, to accompany him on this latest project- features 14 songs including the title track, as well as a new single "The Loney One/Nature Boy", a medley of two Nat King Cole classic tunes. Other exciting highlights of "Invitation" include duets with two gifted performers! Multi-talented Italian singer and entertainer Giada Valenti adds her special vocal interpretation on "Little Boat (O Barquinho)", and New York's very own swingin' Champian Fulton puts her artistic spin on "Here's To The Losers".
In an interview with All About Jazz, Costanzo was asked to conjure his dream band. He joked, “They’re all dead. I wish I’d have been in my prime in the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s.”
No doubt, those who have influenced the music of Jerry Costanzo would offer a collective thumbs up for skillfully preserving their legacy. He is indeed breathing new life into a venerable chapter of America’s songbook.
Chuck Taylor served as a writer and senior editor at Billboard magazine for 14 years. He has appeared on CNN, ABC’s “20/20,” VH1’s “Behind the Music,” A&E’s “Biography,” and been quoted in the New York Times, USA Today and numerous publications about music.
John Colianni Quintet
John Colianni has been Les Paul's piano player since 2003 and prior to that played for Mel Torme. John formed the John Colianni Quintet in 2007 as an outlet for his high velocity piano improvisations. With him is Justin Lees on lead guitar, Yoshiki Miura on rythm guitar, Young Robert Wagner on bass and Eddie Oh on drums. John's website is www.johncolianni.com
John David Simon
John David Simon has performed extensively on the national and international jazz scene with Ella Fitzgerald, Chaka Khan, Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, J.J. Johnson, Shirley Scott, The New Jersey Pops Orchestra, T.S. Monk and Charles Earland. John's big band credits include The Lionel Hampton, Illinois Jacquet, Artie Shaw, Jimmy Dorsey and Cotton Club Orchestras. He has toured Japan, Europe, Scandinavia, Canada and the United States performing at major festivals including the Playboy, Monterey, Montreal, North Sea, JVC, Pori, Grande Parade du Jazz (Nice, France), and Newport jazz festivals. Some of the venues John has played include Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Radio City Music Hall, The Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, The Village Vanguard, The Blue Note, The Hollwood Bowl and Ravinia. Currently Simon appears on over ten albums including his critically acclaimed second and latest CD as a leader, John David Simon And Friends With Clark Terry & Etta Jones, and Legacy: The John Simon Trio Featuring Don Patterson, his debut CD as a leader on Muse Records. Simon can also be heard as a sideman on The Joe Sudler Swing Machine & Clark Terry on TJA Records, Born to Swing with Buddy DeFranco on Satellite Records, and The Ponderer with the Odean Pope Saxophone Choir on Soul Note Records. John also appears in the documentary film Texas Tenor: the Illinois Jacquet Story, shown on the Bravo TV network.
In 1999, Simon entered into the prestigious Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, by Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler, as one of 3300 biographies spanning the entire history of jazz. A recipient of two NEA Jazz Performance Fellowships and a Master of Music Degree from Manhattan School of Music, John has taught jazz performance, ensemble and musicianship at many conservatories and schools.
Simon currently resides in New York City where he works as a free-lance saxophonist, woodwind doubler and bandleader, and is a teaching-artist faculty member of The Ridgewood Conservatory and Henry Street Settlement Abrons Arts Center. You can visit John's website at www.johndavidsimon.com
Joseph Edward Perez
Hailing from Oxnard, California, Joseph Edward Perez began playing saxophone in his teens. While initially saxophone was just something to play in band, it was after attending an International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) conference in Long Beach, CA, that Joseph recognized that his affinity for music ran much deeper than just another class at school. It was then that he committed his life and career to music.
In the Fall of 1996, Joseph realized his goal of moving to New York City by attending the New School for Social Research's Jazz Contemporary Music Program as a scholarship student. In the ensuing years, Joseph studied privately with saxophonists Dave Glasser and Jesse Davis as well as pianist Junior Mance and trumpeter Charles Tolliver.
Following his schooling, Joseph has had the good fortune to play and perform with some of the very best musical talent in the world. He has worked with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Charli Persip's Supersound Jazz Orchestra, the Valery Ponomarev Big Band, Bobby Sanbria's Afro-Cuban Dreamband, James "Jabbo" Ware's Me, We, and Them Orchestra, Junior Mance, Benny Powell, and Vanessa Rubin. Non-jazz work includes performances with Beyonce and the Four Tops.
While remaining active as a side-man in NYC, Joseph has turned his attention to working with both his own projects and those he feels share his musical vision. His main outlet is a sextet that regularly performs a book comprised of his original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards. Joseph's website is www.perezsound.com
Kevin Dorn and the Big 72
Born in New York City, Kevin took up drumming at the age of 14. Since then, he has become one of the busiest drummers in traditional jazz. With Gene Krupa, George Wettling and Dave Tough among his main influences, Kevin's exciting career has included performances with Dan Barrett, Ed Polcer, Dick Hyman, Allan Vaché, Johnny Varro, Bob Wilber, Dan Levinson, Mark Shane, Terry Blaine, Howard Alden, Jon-Erik Kellso, and Warren Vaché. Kevin has performed with the Loren Schoenberg Big Band, Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, The Flying Neutrinos, David Ostwald's Gully Low Jazz Band, The Manhattan Rhythm Kings, Banu Gibson and the New Orleans Hot Jazz, and many others. Kevin has appeared on TV with Jack's Big Music Show and has performed at such notable New York City venues as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Iridium Jazz Club, and the famous Birdland Jazz Club, where he currently plays every Wednesday with the Louis Armstrong Centennial Band.
From 2002 to 2004, Kevin was the drummer for the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, the nation's foremost traditional jazz group, appearing on their weekly public radio show, Riverwalk: Live from The Landing.
After leaving the Jim Cullum Jazz Band and returning to New York, Kevin formed the Traditional Jazz Collective (the TJC). This group of young musicians was an instant hit with audiences because of their passionate, no-holds-barred style of playing. The TJC has appeared at concerts and festivals to rave reviews. They have performed at New York's famed Rainbow Room and can regularly be seen in jazz clubs around New York City, including a bi-weekly gig at the Garage in Greenwich Village. The group has received praise from The Mississippi Rag, The New York Times, Cadence Magazine and The Smithsonian Magazine, as well as from noted jazz historian and author Frank Driggs, who has listed the TJC as one of his favorite bands. The TJC is loose and energetic, and the chemistry between the players is obvious. Their first CD received a rave review in the January 2006 issue of The Mississippi Rag, which also featured a cover story on Kevin. The Traditional Jazz Collective released their second CD, appropriately entitled The TJC Returns!, also to rave reviews. In January 2010, for reasons shrouded in mystery, the band changed its name to The Big 72. Kevin's website is http://www.kevindorn.com/
Nancy Reed Trio
Nancy Reed, jazz vocalist, band leader, side musician, electric bassist, workshop facilitator, and teacher was born in Brooklyn and now resides in Eastern Pennsylvania. Phil Woods says, "What a rare combination- fun to play with on the bandstand and fun to hang out with off. A real jazz singer. Subtle insights and strong swing!".
Her father, Marcus Wilbun was a jazz and classical pianist who played at the historic Minton's jam sessions in Harlem. Her mother, Lillie Wilbun, studied opera at the Chicago Conservatory and taught Nancy to sing. Her first professional performance was at age 19. By age 22, Nancy was performing full time - and has been busy ever since.
She has performed for the last thirty-five years in a wide variety of settings and venues. Artistically consistent and always the consummate professional, Nancy Reed has performed in Japan with the Nancy Reed Jazz Show and the Tanaka Quartet, Mexico's Cancun Jazz Festival with the Nancy and Spencer Reed Sextet, a tour in Northern Italy with pianist David Leonhardt, almost thirty annual appearances at the COTA Jazz Festival in Delaware Water Gap and at countless private and club engagements. She has performed and recorded with a remarkable array of musicians including Norman Simmons, Bob Dorough, Joe Temperly, Houston Person, Gene Perla, Elliot Zigmund, David Liebman, John Coates, Phil Woods, Bill Goodwin, Phil Markowitz, Wycliff Gordon, Virginia Mayhew and David Fathead Newman, among others.
Nancy is currently performing with the Ellington Legacy band which features Norman Simmons on piano and Duke's grandson Edward Ellington on guitar. She is the vocalist on their recently recorded Thank You Uncle Edward. Susan Frances with Jazzreview.com says: "The band's debut CD Thank You Uncle Edward, captures the cheerfulness, the bluesy moods, and the love-in-the-air stylizing of Duke Ellington's music... The vocals of Nancy Reed are absolutely sumptuous."
She has recorded a yet to be released album with world renown saxophonist David Liebman which includes pianist Phil Markowitz, bassist Steve Gilmore and drummer Bill Goodwin. She has also recorded with pianist John Coates, at the historic Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, Pa.
Nancy also plays electric bass and has recorded four albums with her husband, guitarist Spencer Reed, during their 35 years of musical collaboration, the latest of which is Let's Fall In Love, on which she accompanys herself on electric bass, at times scatting while playing contrapuntal bass lines. "Very impressive" - Phil Schapp legendary lazz disk jockey on WKRC from Columbia University in Manhattan. (about Nancy Reed solo bass and voice).
Ms. Reed has recorded five albums with pianist David Leonhardt. Nancy has recorded with Bob Dorough on his This Is A Recording CD and most recently for ABC/Disney's, School House Rock / Earth DVD. Here Website is located at http://www.reedjazz.com. You may Email her at Nancy@reedjazz.com.
Larry Newcomb Quartet
Currently, Larry performs classic and original jazz in solo, duo, trio, and quartet configurations in the greater metropolitan New York City area and Eastern United States. The Larry Newcomb Trio recently released a CD entitled "Cliffhanger" featuring Mike Camoia on tenor sax, Dmitri Kolesnik on bass, and Larry on guitar. Since completing "Cliffhanger," drummers David Tancredi and Barbara Merjan frequently appear alternately with the Larry Newcomb Quartet. Larry is also very fond of solo guitar performance and showcases his renditions of classical, popular, jazz, and original works on a regular basis in New York City and in upstate New York. Larry is planning to release a solo guitar CD soon. Newcomb is very pleased to report the recording of the brilliant musical "Barf" by Doug Brandt has been officially completed at Newcomb Recording Studio. Newcomb, Camoia, and bassist David Shaich released a CD entitled "New, Fresh, Vital" in 2006. Please see Roberta Zlokower's review of the Trio live and on CD at www.RobertaOnTheArts.com. Larry's website is www.larrynewcomb.com
Lou Caputo Quartet
Lou Caputo, a native of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has been a professional musician for over thirty years. He has done almost every kind of job that a musician can be asked to do. A multi-instrumentalist (saxophones, clarinets and flutes) he has performed in show bands with the likes of Lou Rawls, Frankie Valli, Shirley Basey, Jack Jones, Bobby Short, Frankie Avalon, and a host of others. As well as the many of the famous Motown acts like the Temptations and the Four Tops. Aside from this he has performed along side of Salsa legends like Candido, Bobby Sanabria and Lou Perez. However, playing jazz is really closest to Lou's heart. He has had the opportunity to perform with people like trumpeter Richard Williams, pianists Duke Jordan and Jaki Byard, drummers Walter Perkins and Mousey Alexander (in his short lived big band) vocalist Joe "Be-Bop" Carroll and Dakota Staton, bassist Chris White (including a Carnegie Hall appearance). He has spent time in the Glen Miller band under the direction of Clem DeRosa as well as the Harry James big band .He has had the good fortune to record with jazz legend Dr. Billy Taylor on guitarist Ray Rivera's album Night Wind. Lou plays at the Garage with both a quartet and an 11 piece band. Lou's website is www.loucaputo.com
Marc Devine moved to NYC in January of 2009 after establishing himself on the forefront of the Jazz scene in Austin, TX. In New York, Marc is making a name for himself as hard swingin' pianist rooted in the traditions of bebop and swing and has already performed at many venues, both as a sideman and as a leader, working with some of the best musicians in the city.
Developing a taste for Jazz while still in highschool, he attended the University of New Hampshire and played with several Jazz ensembles including two big bands and a Jazz choir. While at UNH, Marc was exposed to great Jazz musicians such as Phil Woods, Milt Hinton, Frank Wess, took some lessons with pianist James Williams and was introduced to the music and teaching of legendary trumpeter Clark Terry (famous for his work with Lionel Hampton, Charlie Barnet, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, The Tonight Show Band) and trumpeter Stephen Fulton.
Through this meeting, Marc went on to study with Stephen Fulton and Morris Nelms at the Clark Terry International Institute of Jazz Studies. Through Clark Terry's approach to learning and Stephen Fulton's teaching and inspiration, Devine began to develop a style based on his piano influences Wynton Kelly, Red Garland (both of whom played with Miles Davis), Hampton Hawes, Bud Powell, Count Basie and Errol Garner. Marc also had the opportunity to study and perform with Jazz greats Red Holloway, Butch Miles, Jessie Davis, and, of course, Clark Terry
After leaving the Clark Terry school, Devine moved to the Austin area where he played as a sideman and most often leading his own groups with vocalist Denia Ridley and the legendary vocalist Donna Hightower. His bands have performed regularly at all of Austin's Jazz venues and several festivals including The Zilker Park Jazz Festival, The Kemah Jazz Festival, and became a mainstay at the Texas Jazz Festival in Corpus Christi, TX.
Now residing in NYC, Marc has played at many venues and is working with some of the finest Jazz musicians in the city including Junior Mance's rhythm section, Hide Tanaka on bass and Jackie Williams on drums, Clark Terry's alto player, Dave Glasser, the great tenor saxophonist Jerry Weldon and most recently with the great Basie trombonist, Benny Powell. Marcs website is www.marcdevine.com
Marsha Heydt is an accomplished woodwind player whose stylistic expertise spans the gamut of Latin, Funk, Jazz and Rock. In addition to her Bachelor of Music from the University of the Arts, she holds a Masters in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music.
She has studied privately with Ron Kerber, John Blake, Larry McKenna, Jim Pugh, John Stubblefield and Sir Roland Hanna. In June 2002, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music’s Professional development Fund awarded her a grant to study with the renowned Jimmie Amadie. She is mentored on sax and flute by Eric Person and teaches at various prestigious private schools and music conservatories in New York City.
Marsha has shared the stage with Grover Washington, Bill Watrous, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, John Stubblefield, George Gee and his “Make Believe Ballroom Orchestra” and with Paul Schaefer in a guest appearance on The David Letterman Show and has appeared at Gerald Veasley’s Jazz Bass in Reading, PA.
Marsha also plays with her own ensemble, in and around New York City performing in both private and public venues, including the Iridium Jazz Club and Swing 46. She also performs each month for recovering patients at NYU Hospital’s Rusk Institute.
Marsha is both thrilled and grateful to share her debut CD, One Night with you. Marsha's website is www.marshaheydt.net
Maurício de Souza
Born in Brasília, Brazil, Maurício de Souza is a jazz drummer who easily performs in both traditional jazz and Brazilian jazz styles. His good taste and finesse have allowed him to play in numerous settings with various accomplished musicians. Maurício studied with world renowned jazz drummer and master teacher, Joe Morello for eight years. He also had a year of private studies with distinguished all-round percussion teacher Glenn Weber. Aside from the inspiration of Mr. Morello, other influential performers include Buddy Rich, Airto Moreira, Dave Weckl, Roy Haynes, and Bill Stewart. Since settling in Northern New Jersey in 2004, de Souza has been very active in the NY/NJ metropolitan area, performing at some of the finest jazz venues mostly as a band leader. De Souza's groups, Maurício de Souza Trio (straight ahead jazz) and Bossa Brasil® (Brazilian jazz), can be heard regularly at Garage Jazz Club in New York. Maurício's website address is: www.mauriciodesouzajazz.com
Born in Brooklyn on May 1, 1970, Sacha began to learn piano at age 6. As a standout student early on, he enrolled at Hunter College High School and began studying classical piano at Mannes School of Music at age 11. By age 17 his attentions were turning towards jazz. The inspiration supplied by a Thelonious Monk recording was a catalyst for what was to become a life journey. Sacha, a born self-educator with a keen nose for the non-obvious and a tendency to think far ahead of most people, recognized that the secrets and subtleties of modern jazz piano would only be revealed through the working jazz community.
Sacha quickly found his way to the inner circles of the NY jazz world, aided in part by friends such as trumpeter Dwayne Clemons and pianist Rodney Kendrick, who introduced him to the enclaves of insiders who gathered nightly away from the limited clubs to play the subtle and urgent music that they and their associates originated in New York. Here Sacha met up with players such as Barry Harris, Clarence "C" Sharpe, Junior Cook, Lou Donaldson, Tommy Turrentine, Leroy Williams -- and Frank Hewitt, who was to become Sacha's greatest influence on the piano. Also, fatefully, Sacha met up with future musical collaborators Ari Roland, Chris Byars, Zaid Nasser, and Mike Mullins, some of the young players on the scene who were singled out by their elders, and often invited to accompany.
Based in New York City, tenor saxophonist Stan Killian performs original music drawing inspiration from Wayne Shorter, Woody Shaw, McCoy Tyner, and Joe Henderson. Reviewers have described his playing as "virtuosic," "muscular," and "mellifluous." Peter Westbrook from Jazz Review writes, "Killian is by no means another Coltrane clone. He has a voice of his own with an almost classical sonority at times." His new quartet features the outstanding Venezuelan pianist/composer Benito Gonzalez, whose fierce energy and free harmonic approach ignites the band's exclusively original repertoire. Always swinging, bassist Corcoran Holt and drummer Mac Hunter, who both originally hail from Washington, D.C., have an almost telepathic connection that enables the music to take unexpected twists and turns. Killian's debut album, Unified, features his quartet with special guest stars Roy Hargrove, David Binney, and Jeremy Pelt performing his compositions and is scheduled to be released in fall 2010.
Killian has performed and recorded with major jazz artists such as Scott Colley, Ben Monder, Antonio Sanchez, Jeremy Pelt, David Binney, John Hebert, Eric Revis, Chris Maresh, Mike Moreno, Bruce Saunders, Sheryl Bailey, Hans Glawischnig, Roy Hargrove, Eric Harland, Dan Weiss, Thomas Morgan, Luisito Qunitero, Ernie Watts, Tim Collins, Bill Watrous, the Temptations, the Supremes, and Clyde Adams.
He has performed around the United States at an array of jazz venues: the Iridium, Le Poisson Rouge, the Metropolitan Room, 55 Bar, Joe's Pub, the Garage, Puppets Jazz Bar, and the Shrine in New York; Café Metropole and the Temple Bar in Los Angeles; Anna's Jazz Island in Oakland; the Elbo Room in San Francisco; Twins Jazz and Bohemian Caverns in Washington, D.C.; An Die Musik and the New Haven Lounge in Baltimore; Sam Buca and Cezanne in Houston; the Elephant Room and Cedar Street in Austin; and Carmen's De La Calle and Luna in San Antonio. As a side musician, he has also performed at various jazz festivals around Europe, such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Umbria Jazz Festival, the Antibes Jazz Festival, and Texas festivals such as the Fiesta Jazz Festival and Jazz's Alive! in San Antonio, the Kemah Jazz Festival in Houston, and the Texas Jazz Festival in Corpus Christi.
Originally from Texas, Killian was introduced to jazz at a young age by his father, Joe Killian, a jazz pianist who worked with an array of renowned jazz artists, including Charlie Shavers, Alan Dawson, Kansas Fields, Betty Roche, Connie Kay, Keter Betts, Wilbur Ware, Donald Bailey, Charlie Byrd, Curtis Fuller, Stuff Smith, and Wilbur Little, as well as saxophonists Sonny Stitt, Don Wilkerson, Dexter Gordon, Clifford Scott, Jimmy Ford, and Buddy Arnold. Stan began his career at age 16, gigging with his father in the San Antonio area. Upon graduating from high school in 1997, he attended Texas State University in San Marcos, where he studied saxophone with John Mills and improvisation with pianist James Polk, former arranger and composer for the Ray Charles Orchestra. Killian began freelancing in the Austin music scene, performing steadily as a side musician with various local bands. A short time after he turned 21, he recorded, Straight Ahead, which features pianist James Polk and his father, as well as the celebrated Austin trumpeter Martin Banks.
After the release of Straight Ahead in 2001, Killian moved to Houston and began performing almost exclusively as a leader. There, he began working with guitarist Clayton Dyess, who had extensive experience with Nat Adderly, Dizzy Gillespie, Arnett Cobb, Al Grey, Major Holley, and Joe Pass. In 2002, he recorded "Deep Down," which features legendary Houston drummer G.T. Hogan, Joe Killian, and James Polk on Hammond organ, as well as Dyess. Killian's playing during this period, especially his consistent emphasis on tone, reflects his early influences, the full-bodied tenor sounds of Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster. Other early influences include Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, and Johnny Griffin, with their endlessly logical bebop lines, soulful blues spirit, and driving swing. In 2003 he formed Com Voce with vocalist Margret Grebowicz and released two critically acclaimed records, Candeias (Nocturne, 2007) and Com Voce (Sunnyside, 2010). Com Voce features Ben Monder, Scott Colley, and Antonio Sanchez, and arrangements by Gil Goldstein.
Killian moved to the East Coast in 2006 to study saxophone and harmony with Gary Thomas and composition with pianist Larry Willis in Baltimore. It was at this time that he began his collaboration with Kenny Garrett's pianist Benito Gonzalez in Washington, D.C., and developed the inspiration to form his quartet. He moved to New York in 2008 and soon started working in the bands of bassists Iris Ornig and Diallo House, Cecilia Coleman's big band, pianist David Shenton, and vocalists Pascal Sabattier Erin Shields among others. Killian performs regularly at the 55 Bar with his quartet and is an active member of the New York jazz scene.
Zaid Nasser (pronounced 'zayd') is one of the most authentic voices on saxophone today. As the son of jazz and blues great, bassist Jamil Nasser (neé George Joyner), Zaid was born and bred on the jazz scene. As a young saxophonist, he often spent his days with Papa Jo Jones, getting lessons in jazz and life from Father Time himself. Early on, he was sitting in with Lou Donaldson and George Coleman. He has been on the New York scene now for nearly twenty years. He's played with Cecil Payne, Junior Cook, Jon Hendricks, and Harold Mabern. He spent three years with Calvin Newborn's band in Memphis, crisscrossing the south and playing in roadside juke joints, developing a rich, deep sound all of his own. Zaid worked for three years with organist Bill Doggett, and spent another three with Panama Francis in the Savoy Sultans. At the original Smalls under Mitch Borden, he was a regular feature for nearly a decade, leading his own quartet, co-leading a quintet with altoist Mike Mullins, as a sideman in the Across 7 Street Septet, and as a part of the Frank Hewitt's legendary Saturday late night quintet. He was earlier featured on two tracks as a part of Jazz Underground: Live At Smalls on Impulse Records (IMPD245). His talents have also been recognized by saxophonist/producer Ned Otter and included on his album The Secrets Inside (TF004CD) released by the Two And Four Recording Co. Zaid's sound is organic and authentic. He plays smart music with a kind of freedom that is unusual, reminiscent of the great underground alto saxophone legend Clarence "C" Sharpe. Nasser's unique personal tone and phrasing reveal intricately crafted, imaginative, and ingenious musical lines, woven into tight thematic improvisation. Though he goes for broke each time out, he never loses his balance, and never slips into the musical gutter. His superb agility in navigating through distant keys in his musical travels is one of the hallmarks of the first-rate improviser, one who avoids the modern tendency to lapse into simplified forms. There is plenty of challenge for the listener, and this recording increasingly reveals its brilliance on repeated listenings. You could scarcely wear this one out. As with Frank Hewitt, Nasser's note choices can be unexpected at first, but make no mistake, his playing is exact down to the finest details.